Traveling makes you sleepy, doesn’t it? It’s a shame though that sleeping while on the move is too painful for your neck. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you had a pillow that you could use? But carrying one makes you stand out and kind of singles you out as that person who carries the pillow. Say hello to Hypnos Sleep Hoodie – an inflatable hoodie that features a hood, which is capable of being inflated into a pillow.
The amazing sweatshirt is currently raising funds on Kickstarter with a goal of $30,000 by 11th January and has already raised $56,708 at the time of writing. The co-founder, Josh Woodle, came up with this amazing idea when he was on his way to the airport. He and his brother grew up in Chicago and wore hoodies as an everyday attire. Woodle recalls that he wanted to merge the two things together; comfortable clothing with a ubiquitous ‘neck pillow as a travel accessory’.
When looked at from the outside, the hoodie looks like a regular hoodie, however, on the inside it sports an ergonomic, inflatable neck pillow that can be inflated via a nozzle on the inside of the hood. Woodle said, “The pillow had to be perfect; it had to feature a new shape that was comfortable, versatile, and inconspicuous to the outside world. Our next focus was to offer a beautiful hoodie that could transition from a day on the plane straight to the bar at night.”
The team has spent quite a few months where they worked upon the fabric, functionality and the design of the garment. They acquired help of industrial engineers that had over 20 years of experience in the inflatable industry to come up with something that could inflate quickly and would deflate easily.
The hood features enough space that once the pillow is deflated, it doesn’t cause any discomfort to the user and isn’t noticeable to others as well. Users will also have the freedom of removing the pillow and then inserting it later on. The company said, “Our patent pending system has a tailored fit pocket that fits the inflatable tightly inside the hood with a seal tight opening for the valve.”
There are currently four kinds of hoodies and a woven jacket available. Hypnos is making use of locally sourced goods and labor and has made it clear that they will not be outsourcing since the company is “committed to valuing the artists and craftsman who contribute to the quality of the product.” You can pledge $49 and receive a hoodie when the deliveries start. The pledging price is $10 less than the retail price.
Lead researcher, Dr Kinga Igloi from the University of Geneva, who conducted a study in October that concluded regular daytime naps can enhance health, said, “Rewards may act as a kind of tag, sealing information in the brain during learning. During sleep, that information is favorably consolidated over information associated with a low reward and is transferred to areas of the brain associated with long-term memory. Our findings are relevant for understanding the devastating effects that lack of sleep can have on achievement.”